[Python-Dev] Why can't I encode/decode base64 without importing a module?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Apr 23 17:47:34 CEST 2013

On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> Just as reminder: we have the general purpose
> encode()/decode() functions in the codecs module:
> import codecs
> r13 = codecs.encode('hello world', 'rot-13')
> These interface directly to the codec interfaces, without
> enforcing type restrictions. The codec defines the supported
> input and output types.

As an implementation mechanism I see nothing wrong with this. I hope
the codecs module lets you introspect the input and output types of a
codec given by name?

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)

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